Happy Valentine’s Day. This is the best day to talk about work place romances. I think we’ve all seen them go so well or go awful wrong. You never know when cupid’s arrow will strike so here are some tips if ever you need them.
1. Check the Fraternization Policy
Most work places have them and they will outline who can date who and when. Often this is specific to making sure that someone isn't dating their boss and being given a promotion or other perks due to a romantic relationship. There also may be a clause that requires employees to disclose if they are dating someone within the company. No matter if you are currently dating or have a crush on someone in tech support, you should familiarize yourself with this policy. In some instances, not following these rules can be reason for dismissal
2. Calculate the Risk
Working with a partner can affect so many aspects of your life. It means when you gripe about Susan in Accounting your partner knows exactly how much of a stickler she is for proper grammar and will understand why your emails keep being sent back with corrections. It can also mean that you see each other allllll the time. No matter what the situation, it’s a big risk. I’m not here to tell people not to date at work, but I am here to caution you to think this through! Calculate the risk by considering both the good and back that could happen.
3. Ask yourself, Should You Get Your Honey Where You Get Your Money?
There are lots of power couples who’ve made it work by setting strong boundaries. No matter what situation, it’s important that we create balance in our lives. Yes! I’m talking about self-care! If you are focused on your relationship or your job to be the only place you get a win and then you start a workplace romance merging those two worlds, I can see how things could get really dark if that relationship goes wrong. Don’t forget to infuse joy in your life by having a sacred place that allows you to be 100% you outside of work and your relationship.
Are you currently fanning the flames of a workplace romance? How do you make it work? I want to hear alllll about it! Leave a comment bellow or share this post with a friend so we can hear from them too!